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Peebles Outdoor Film Festival programme announced

The Peebles Outdoor Film Festival has revealed a stellar programme for 2019, with mountain bike legend Hans Rey, outdoor swimmer and TV star Calum Maclean, plus adventurer and Paddle Against Plastic founder Cal Major among the headline names coming to the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles over the weekend of 25-27 January.

Now in its fifth year, the festival offers a celebration of outdoor and mountain culture in all its forms, from inspiring speakers and award-winning adventure films to outdoor sessions led by local activity providers. Now a major annual event, more than 1,200 people attended the festival in 2018.

In addition to a stunning programme of more than 30 short films (many of which feature in the 2019 festival trailer below), this year’s event also features Scottish Festival Premieres of two feature films: Time Trial – an immersive ride through cyclist David Millar’s last season in the saddle – and Free Solo, an unflinching portrait of superstar climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without a rope.

As well as films, the exciting appearance by Hans ‘No Way’ Rey as part of his UK stage tour will be a major draw – particularly in the bike-mad Tweed Valley. The former World Champion, Mountain Bike Hall of Famer and adventurer will take audiences on a journey through an incredible career – from his early riding days and extreme biking feats to more recent biking adventures, including an attempt to scale the summits of Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya together with Danny Macaskill.

Audiences will also be treated to an evening with Calum Maclean, the hugely entertaining star of the BBC’s online channel The Social and BBC Alba. As those who have seen the film of him breaking thick layers of ice to swim in Scotland’s highest loch, Calum is a filmmaker and outdoor swimmer whose love of exploring Scotland’s wild lochs and rivers sees scant regard for personal comfort.

Calum Maclean will speak as part of the Cold Comforts session on Sat 26 Jan

The watery theme continues with an appearance by Cal Major, a remarkable young woman whose passion for preserving and protecting our coastline sees her use epic stand-up paddleboard adventures – including a world first, 1,000-mile paddle from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in 2018 – to highlight the issue of plastic pollution and promote positive change.

The festival also features appearances by a host of inspiring local figures, including European 24hr Mountain Bike Champion Naomi Freireich, plus BAFTA-nominated filmmaker, climber and inveterate adventurer Jen Crook (both from Edinburgh); and Jack Harland, Peebles-based author of the highly-acclaimed Highland Journal – an illustrated memoir of his journey from wide-eyed hill walking novice to proficient mountaineer.

For the first time, the 2019 festival steps outside the theatre building with local adventurer Ed Shoote from We Love Mountains leading a bikepacking workshop at nearby BSpoke Cycles, and an outdoor injury session – led by Phil Mack from Peebles Physiotherapy – at the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, Glentress.


Cal Major, explorer and founder of Paddle Against Plastic

“We’re delighted with this year’s line-up of speakers, films and outdoor sessions,” commented Rich Rowe from the Eastgate Theatre. “It’s a selection that will entertain audiences of all ages – making them laugh, cry, gasp and, hopefully, start planning their own adventures for the year ahead!”

The 2019 Peebles Outdoor Film Festival runs from 25-27 January, and is kindly sponsored by the John Muir Trust, Tontine Hotel, Go Ape, Peebles Hydro/The Park and Adrenalin Uplift, with additional support from Out & About, Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, No 1 Peebles Road, Pocket Mountains, Glede Knowe Guest House, FINDRA, Ridelines and Cleikum Mill Lodge.

View the full programme at https://issuu.com/eastgatearts/docs/poff_pages

For tickets, call Box Office on 01721 725777, or go online at www.eastgatearts.com

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